2. Have a class discussion on what students found out when they tried to read the Homestead Act that they signed.
2. Show students two short videos concerning the Homestead Act.
3. Vocabulary word lesson: plot, character, conflict, climax, resolution, theme. Students will write words and short definitions in their yellow spirals in the dictionary setting.
4. Teacher will review different parts of a short story plot diagram on Smartboard. Students will receive a paper copy of a plot diagram. Together, class will fill in the plot diagram for the short story "The Colt" that was read the previous week.